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[Tribeca ’22] ‘Pragma’: Love, science, lust, & the human condition

Want, need, and everything in between.

Pragma imagines what the next step in the dating world may be. Willow (Lucy Heath) is excited to attend the titular dating retreat in hopes of finding a fulfilling relationship. Using advanced logarithms and good old fashioned science, the weeklong retreat guarantees everyone will find their perfect match. But can scientists really answer questions of love and lust?

The short is a funny look at the human condition and wants versus needs. It can taken as people are hardwired to disappoint themselves, or it can be seen as how powerful the primal urges inside everyone are. The story never takes itself too seriously, but it still asks some very deep questions. However one interprets Pragma, it is an interesting watch.

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It is not trying to answer any deep philosophical questions about love. Pragma is saying there are no answers, only desires. And even if they do. It go as planned, those moments are just as important and fun. With a charming lead and a smart story, Pragma is an entertaining watch. It is a light tale that is heartwarming and silly. Audiences will get a kick out of it.

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